Delaine Heritage Trust, 8 Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9LE

Tel 01778 422866                    

Delaine Heritage Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Registered Charity No: 1164647

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The Delaine Heritage Trust was established in 2015 by the Delaine-Smith family. To establish and maintain a museum for the benefit of the public dedicated to preserving, promoting and displaying in perpetuity the collection of heritage buses, photographs, documents, artefacts and memorabilia of Delaine Buses of Bourne, Lincolnshire, one of England’s oldest independent bus operators for the purposes of education, reference, research and general interest.

The origins of Delaine Buses can be traced back to 1890 when the family introduced horse-drawn vehicles to take people to local markets. The first motor bus was introduced in 1919 and daily services from Bourne to Peterborough, Stamford, Spalding and Grantham were all established by 1923. Today the 30 strong fleet based on the original site in Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire is managed by the fifth and sixth generation's of the Delaine-Smith family and the core business is still based around some of the original services, with the ethos of quality, continuity and reliability is as important today as its always been.

The Delaine Bus Museum was officially opened in 2019 and the centrepiece are the six members of the Delaine Heritage Fleet, with all but one spending their entire working lives with Delaine and at least one of them being built in each of the last five decades of the 20th Century.

The Museum also contains:

8 Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9LE

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Evenings & Saturdays
between the second Saturday of March and October

Second Saturday of the month (March-October) 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Admission: Adults £2, Under 16s Free
(excluding Event days)
(Under 16s must be accompanied by an Adult)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Evenings & Saturdays
between the second Saturday of March & October

•  Delaine Timeline from 1890 to the present day.

•  Display Office and Workshop

•  Captioned A2 photographs of former fleet members.

•  Documents, Artefacts and Memorabilia relating to Delaine and the wider     bus industry.

•  Tribute to Coachbuilders, WS Yeates of Loughborough.

•  The story of neighbour Raymond Mays, pioneer Racing Driver and     founder of the ERA & BRM Motor Racing teams whose factories are     now part of the Delaine premises.

© Delaine Heritage Trust

New for 2021

Heritage Bus Ride (approx 35mins) at 1.30pm
featuring one of our buses from the 1950s or 1960s

Light Refreshments available

Heritage Bus Running Day: Saturday 25 September
frequent bus rides on two routes
featuring the Delaine Heritage Fleet and visiting Heritage Buses & Coaches

click here for further details